Your Ultimate Guide to Boston’s Seasonal Beer Gardens
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No lines at the beer garden? Now that’s a little bit of summertime bliss for these uncertain times. Drinking-outside season might look a little different this year: Many places are providing table service or touchless, online ordering, in lieu of queuing up at the bar, and every beer garden will be offering some kind of food. Actually, sounds pretty sweet. Check out these local breweries with well-appointed patios, and pop-up beer gardens around Boston this season.
Before heading out, check to see if your destination requires a reservation. Don’t forget to wear your mask there, and respect social distancing guidelines posted around the patio. Stay safe, be kind, tip well, and have a nice summer, Boston. (Want even more outdoor dining ideas? Find our recently updated, city-wide list of superlative patios here, plus the 20 coolest new spots to dine outside.)
We’ll keep this guide updated; it was most recently published on Thursday, July 2.
Bone Up Brewing Company
The folks behind this Everett brewery put the “garden” in beer garden by populating a (former) parking lot with pretty pink pots. Sit amongst the flowers and sip summer-ready brews like Summerween, a grisette with watermelon blossom honey, and Walkin’ Beer, an IPA with tangerine. Snacks include Eastern Standard Provisions soft pretzels, Buenas empanadas, and more drinks-friendly fare. Well-behaved children and dogs are welcome. The Bone Up beer garden is open daily, from 3-9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; noon-10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and from noon-8 p.m. on Sundays.
38 Norman St., Everett, 781-691-9092, boneup.beer.
Brato Brewhouse + Kitchen
Brighton’s new brewpub has an outdoor beer garden in a private, paved lot along Glencoe Street. Strung with lights and furnished with garden chairs, tables, umbrellas, and repurposed whiskey barrels, it’s a perfect place to sip brewer Alex Corona’s summer saison, as well as cookout cuisine (and more) from chef Jonathan Gilman: He reports that Brato is the proud owner of the Boston Fire Department’s first and only approved charcoal grill right on the patio. Reservations are recommended. Brato is open Monday through Thursday from 4-10 p.m., and Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
190 N. Beacon St., Brighton, 617-903-3766, bratobk.com.
Cambridge Brewing Company
The Boston area’s original beer garden, Cambridge Brewing Co.’s patio at One Kendall Square is a dog-friendly hideaway serving up a full gastropub menu from chef David Drew, as well as rounds of house-made brews like Working Class Hero, a hoppy saison from brewmaster Will Meyers. It’s open Mondays 4-10 p.m., Tuesday through Friday from 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
One Kendall Square, Bldg. 100, Cambridge, 617-494-1994, cambridgebrewingcompany.com.
Castle Island Brewing Company
This Norwood brewery has opened outdoor outposts in Boston for the past two summers, but the crew is opting to #stayhome this season. They have transformed an underutilized lot on their brewhouse property into a beer garden with shaded picnic tables and on-site food service by Lombardo’s of Randolph. You can pair fare like Lombardo’s famous Italian sausage sub with Castle Island Candlepin pepper-and-onion relish and—well, Castle Island Candlepin, a sessionable IPA perfect for a summer afternoon. Reservations are highly recommended, and FYI: pets and walking-age children are not allowed this summer, for safety reasons. The CI Beer Garden is open Friday and Saturday from noon-9 p.m., and from noon-7 p.m. on Sundays.
31 Astor Ave., Norwood, 781-951-2029, castleislandbeer.com.
Cisco Brewers Seaport
Nantucket’s favorite brewery is once again docked in the Boston Seaport for the summer (into mid-October). This year, the dog-friendly fun is fueled by Oath Pizza, a Nantucket-born neighbor specializing in gourmet slices, salads, and desserts. The expansive outdoor area is situated next to the Saturday pop-up farmers market, though the beer (and wine) garden is open six days per week. Check it out Tuesdays through Thursdays from 4-10 p.m., Fridays from 3-11 p.m., Saturdays from noon-11 p.m., and Sundays from noon-10 p.m.
65 Northern Ave., Boston, 617-290-3827, bostonseaport.xyz.
Dorchester Brewing Company
Massachusetts Ave.’s newest (only?) rooftop beer garden boasts an exterior deck with open-air tables and Insta-worthy views of the Boston skyline. There are also some inside seating options in the glass-enclosed Hopservatory beer hall, which debuted in January. Along with house beers and wines, plus fresh brews from guest brands like Lone Pine Brewing Co., the place also has access to the full menu from in-house restaurant M&M BBQ—so dig in to chef-owner Geo Lambert’s famous ribs or the “Fenway” soft pretzel with smoked cheese sauce. The brewery also has outdoor seating on the ground level. Though reservations aren’t required, they are accepted for a $15 fee that includes two DBCo. face masks. Both DBco. and M&M are open daily for takeout and patio dining at 11:30 a.m. Outdoor seating ends at 9 p.m. on Sundays and Mondays; 11 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; and 12:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
1250 Massachusetts Ave., Dorchester, 617-514-0900, dorchesterbrewing.com.
Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Company
Massachusetts’ MetroWest region earned its first regular beer garden last summer, thanks to Framingham brewery Exhibit ‘A.’ It returns this Fourth of July weekend with plenty of fresh brews, including the Cat’s Meow IPA and Goody Two Shoes Kölsch. Located across Morton Street from the brewery, the socially distanced space is complete with hand-hewn furniture made from reclaimed wood, and food pop-ups from local vendors. Well-behaved children and dogs are welcome, but everyone needs to take a seat. Exhibit ‘A’s beer garden is open Wednesday through Sunday, from 3-9 p.m. on weekdays, noon-9 p.m. on Saturdays, and noon-5 p.m. on Sundays.
81 Morton St., Framingham, 508-202-9297, exhibit-a-brewing.com.
Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers
Though this Framingham beer hall is very Bavarian, it’s never had an outdoor biergarten—until now. Get some sun on those guns while hoisting pints of lager, and brews from the sister barrel room next door, Springdale Beer. You can also order up lunch or dinner from the beer hall kitchen, such as a couple of wood-fired pizzas, the Framinghamburger, or spaetzle with sautéed onions and gruyère. The reservation-only setup, situated along Grant Street (next to the beer hall entrance), has room enough for 150 socially distanced folks, set between barrels and barrels of flowers. No dogs, but children are welcome. It’s closed on July 4, but is typically open Wednesday through Sunday from noon-9 p.m.
100 Clinton St., Framingham, 774-777-5085, jacksabby.com.
Night Shift Brewing at Lovejoy Wharf
Miss going to games at the Garden? Us, too. Sit within view of the venue—as well as the Zakim Bridge and the West End waterfront—to sip brews like Whirlpool pale ale, Ever Weisse sour beers, or even the latest roast from Night Shift Coffee. The kitchen is dishing out snacks like popcorn, pretzels, and charcuterie boards. The pet-friendly patio accepts reservations, and is open Thursday and Friday from 2-9 p.m., Saturdays from noon-9 p.m., and Sundays from noon-8 p.m. Night Shift’s original brewery in Everett also has its beer garden open for the season.
1 Lovejoy Wharf, Suite 101, Boston, 617-456-7687, nightshiftbrewing.com.
Inspired by the drinking cultures that brewmaster Chris Lohring pays homage to with his flavorful session beers, this biergarten experience on the Salem River is the real deal. Settle in to enjoy a couple of rounds of easy-drinking brews like Tenner Czech lager, or a Salzburg radler with grapefruit. Pickled vegetables, soft pretzels, and more Eurocentric snacks complete the experience. The biergarten is 21+ after 6 p.m. on weekends, but otherwise children are welcome; no dogs for now. Notch is open Thursday from 3-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from noon-11 p.m., and Sunday from noon-8 p.m.
283R Derby St., Salem, 978-238-9060, notchbrewing.com.
Samuel Adams Boston Tap Room
This Quincy Market destination debuted at the end of January, so this is the rooftop patio’s first summer season. Take the open-air stairs to the second level for Faneuil Hall sights to pair with light fare and all the Sam Adams classics, plus new brews made on-site by head innovation brewer Megan Parisi. The Boston Tap Room is open every day, from 2-8 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday; and from noon-8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
60 State St., Boston, 617-466-6418, samueladams.com.
Trillium Brewing Company
All three locations of this local favorite offer beer garden seating. Spend summer in the city on the Fort Point restaurant’s urbane rooftop, or in the open-air open space of Trillium Fenway. Or, travel a short distance to check out the sprawling new setup at the main brewery in Canton, which spans the usual patio as well as a grassy new lawn. In addition to the full lineup of Trillium beers, Canton also fired up a new Summer Kitchen, featuring local flavor from Naco Taco (Thursday and Friday noon-7 p.m.) and Keane’s BBQ (Saturday and Sunday noon-7 p.m.). Beer garden hours vary by location.
110 Shawmut Rd., Canton, 781-562-0073; 50 Thomson Place, Fort Point, 857-449-0083; 401 Park Drive, Fenway, Boston, 857-449-0078, trilliumbrewing.com.
Widowmaker on the Waterfront
Quincy-adjacent brewery Widowmaker (it’s located right over the line in Braintree) teams up with the Quincy Chamber of Commerce for this summer-long takeover of the gazebo at the Adams Inn. Open four nights a week with live music on Wednesdays, it’s a family- and dog-friendly hangout right on the water, with snacks from partner restaurants the Townshend and its soon-to-open sister spot, Pearl & Lime. As for drinks, there’s a rotating guest draft beer line alongside Widowmaker brews like There’s No Wrong Way peanut butter stout (trust us—consider it stout season). Widowmaker on the Waterfront is open Wednesday-Friday from 4-9 p.m., and Saturdays from noon-9 p.m. (closed on July 4).
The Adams Inn Gazebo, 29 Hancock St., Quincy, widowmakerbrewing.com.